SA decided years ago that it is best to eliminate “clouding the message of recovery” by allowing outside literature. So, basically if it doesn’t appear on this list http://sa.org/docs/approvedlit.pdf then it is not allowed.
To help members get access to our AA Big Book, we’ve included some links below:
AA Twelve and Twelve:
More AA literature:
A.A. Guidelines are compiled from the shared experience of A.A. members in various service areas. They also reflect guidance given through the Twelve Traditions and the General Service Conference (U.S. and Canada). In keeping with our Tradition of autonomy, except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole, most decisions are made by the group conscience of the members involved. The purpose of these Guidelines is to assist in reaching an informed group conscience.
A.A. TRADITIONS AND THE INTERNET
We observe all A.A.‚Äôs principles and Traditions on A.A. Web sites.
Anonymity‚ÄĒAs anonymity is the ‚Äúspiritual foundation of all our Traditions,‚ÄĚ we practice anonymity on public Web sites at all times.
Unless password-protected and for members only, an A.A. Web site is a public medium, and, therefore, requires the same safeguards that we use at the level of press, radio and film. In simplest form, this means that A.A.s do not identify themselves as A.A. members using their full names and/or full-face photos. For more information on anonymity online, see the section of this Guideline, ‚ÄúGuarding Anonymity Online.‚ÄĚ
Attraction not promotion‚ÄĒAs our co-founder, Bill W., wrote: ‚ÄúPublic information takes many forms ‚Äď the simple sign outside a meeting place that says ‚ÄėA.A. meeting tonight‚Äô; listing in local phone directories; distribution of A.A. literature; and radio and television shows using sophisticated media techniques. Whatever the form, it comes down to ‚Äėone drunk carrying the message to another drunk,‚Äô whether through personal contact or through the use of third parties and the media.